Despite a number of teams on byes this week, there were plenty of intriguing notes to come out of Week 4 - as is the case each week. That's the beauty of Texas high school football: everything that is known can dramatically change the next week.
Reader note: The notes below are for the most previous week only and are not meant to be applied the rest of the year.
The Real Season Begins (For Most)
It's finally time for the next portion of the season to begin - district. At least for most teams, as there were a lot of teams on byes in Week 4, so now we essentially get nothing but district games from here on out until the playoffs. This is where anything can happen and district champion predictions can be rendered to absolutely trash.
FW All Saints Will Win TAPPS
We didn't have All Saints ranked in our Top 10 last week, and that will certainly change this week after knocking off No. 1 Parish Episcopal. All Saints has done nothing but win this week and are legitimate contenders to win state now after the big upset win.
Braedyn Locke Will Be No. 1
The Rockwall quarterback certainly benefits for having the best WR in the state (Jaxon Smith-Njigba) to throw to each week, but Braedyn Lockeis does a solid job of getting other teams involved as well. After seeing his stats through four games - as a sophomore - and seeing him in person, I'm willing to say Locke will be the No. 1 QB in the state by the time he graduates in 2022.
In watching Rockwall-Heath and McKinney North on Thursday, I came away highly impressed with Emanuel Fincher's game. Fincher played extremely smart in rushing the ball, waiting for holes to develop, being shifty with his feet to avoid the first defender and runs really strong for someone just 5'9 and 200 pounds. He leads the 5A area in rush attempts, yards and tied for the TD lead, and he'll be a fine addition to any university he commits to, if that's in the cards for him.
Lastly, the weekly prediction record was 17-7 (70.8 percent), bringing the yearly overall record to 66-26 (71.7 percent). The biggest misses were Pilot Point against Gunter and North Dallas against Life Oak Cliff.
We're three weeks down in the Texas high school football regular season. There have already been some homecomings. Some teams are already entering district play and others are on their bye week.
In the case of this week's previews, we have two games with four teams wrapping up their pre-district schedules. And the two games on deck for our previews should feature plenty of offense.Let's get at it.